I got comfortable — then I got COVID April 18, 2022 by admin I got cocky — and then I got COVID. Two years and two months. That is how long I went without getting sick. My family got colds. I did not. They had viruses. I stayed healthy. My entire household was taken down — to the point my kids stopped eating and missed a full week of school — due to a stomach bug. But I stood strong. I felt invincible. If I could avoid all of that, I could bypass anything— including a virus that had infected pretty much everyone I knew. So once the state gave the OK, I ditched the mask, only wearing one when required (ex: at doctor’s offices). I socialized in crowded indoor spaces, such as an entertainment center. I ate tacos at said entertainment center — without first washing my hands. Even pre-COVID Kristi didn’t live on the edge like that. And then I got what was coming — a bout of COVID that (briefly) kicked my ass. They only time I felt worse was when I had norovirus. People keep asking “where did you get it?” I do not know. I work from home, but am out-and-about most days, running errands, meeting people for lunch, reporting on stories or going to appointments. All of the latter involves being around people, naturally. And contagious people give people COVID. The rapidly growing – and highly contagious — subvarients infiltrating the state may also have contributed to my positive status. I am signed up for the exposure notification feature on the iPhone and, coincidentally (or perhaps not), received an exposure alert for the first time a few days before feeling ill and testing positive. Even with that — and counting back — I cannot pinpoint when I was infected (no one I have hung out with socially is sick). Not that knowing where I got COVID (or who I got it from) helps. It doesn’t change the fact I went from feeling fine, to feeling so poorly I could not speak or open my eyes due to a severe headache and vomiting, to feeling well enough to clean bathrooms and do laundry, in a matter of a day or two on either side. The feeling poorly-feeling well-feeling poorly-feeling well ping-ponged for several days till I felt normal enough to get dressed — and get out — about six days after that first tickle in my throat. The one night, while laying on the bathroom floor and contemplating calling my doctor, I thought about how I grappled with whether or not to get the vaccine. I wondered if my experience with COVID would’ve been different if my inoculation choice had also been different. That, like how I was infected, is a question with no certain answer. I’m now feeling better. I’m still testing positive, but symptom-free so I am working and plan to leave my house today (while wearing a mask). Before you send angry emails saying I should stay isolated till I am negative, note those guidelines changed several months ago. Speaking of guidelines and other COVID-related information: It depends on which trusted source you consult (the CDC, New England Journal of Medicine, local doctors). But, generally speaking, the antibodies a person produces when they have COVID, theoretically, protect them from getting the virus again for at least three months. I’m going to look at that period of potential immunity as a gift — one that will allow me to help out family members if they’re sick and not worry about getting it again myself for a while.